- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
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What’s in a name? Given the publicity surrounding the Brecon Beacons – Bannau Brycheiniog rebrand, a lot! Bannau Brycheiniog isn’t a new name, of course, but the change of title has provoked conversations and stirred emotions. The rebrand was initially devised to reflect the National Park’s new plan to reverse declines in wildlife species by 2030 – and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035. So, while people may disagree about the means, I hope we can all support the ends.
The rebrand has also raised Bannau Brycheiniog’s profile ahead of peak-tourism season, which can’t be a bad thing. This year Visit Wales, the Welsh Government’s tourism arm, is promoting Wales by Trails. As well as our iconic trails like Glyndŵr’s Way and Offa’s Dyke, the theme encourages visitors to curate their own trips. For ideas and to find out more, go to: https://www.visitwales.com/inspire-me/wales-trails
The upcoming bank holidays are the perfect opportunity to get out there and enjoy new places, forgotten treasures and familiar favourites. Or maybe you will be at an event to celebrate the coronation of Charles III and Camilla. It is a global event, not just in terms of interest – but because they are king and queen of the other Commonwealth realms too.
It has been my privilege to represent Wales at the Commonwealth on many occasions, through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. These associations bring together politicians united by respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by the pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy. This week I attended the 52nd British Islands and Mediterranean Region Conference in Westminster. We discussed topics including tackling the climate emergency and decarbonisation of the energy sector. For an organisation that comprises 180 legislatures from nine geographic regions, there are course many different viewpoints – but we can all support those ends.
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